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CBRE Hires Industry Veteran Ben Shapiro



EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. (June 11, 2012) -- CBREis pleased to announce that 28-year commercial real estate veteran Ben Shapiro has joined the state’s largest real estate brokerage firm as a senior vice president. In this role, Mr. Shapiro will focus mainly on Middlesex, Somerset and Mercer counties.

Previously with Grubb & Ellis, Mr. Shapiro has worked with top-name companies such as Vonage, General Electric, Carter Wallace, Marriott Corporation, MedPointe Healthcare Inc., AkzoNobel Corporation, Johnson Controls, K. Hovnanian and Lehman Brothers. Additionally, he completed a 575,000-sq.-ft. lease with  United Stationers Supply Company for a regional distribution facility, and has also recently completed a 417,000sq. ft. lease with MAP International, a leading manufacturer of computer cabinetry.

“Ben’s experience in the industry and the notable companies he has worked with make him an excellent addition to our team," said Jeff Hipschman, senior managing director, and head of New Jersey operations at CBRE. "Ben is a proven leader and has handled some very significant transactions in his career, and we believe he will serve as an example for the CBRE team.”

While at Grubb & Ellis, Mr. Shapiro was one of two professionals to lead a team of six people in the liquidation of leasehold assets of the Rickels Home Center chain. The portfolio consisted of 51 separate leaseholds throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, comprising 2.7 million square feet of retail space and an 800,000-sq.-ft. corporate headquarters distribution facility. The team was successful in structuring a contract of sale for the majority of the portfolio with Staples within 75 days of being given the assignment.

Mr. Shapiro also completed one of the largest investment sale transactions in New Jersey history when he sold a 2.3 million square-foot industrial complex in Wood-Ridge, N.J. for the Curtiss-Wright Corporation.

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to join the CBRE team,” said Mr. Shapiro. “I’m confident that given the team that has been assembled, and the platform and tools that are available to work with, that I will be able to add value to my clients and CBRE.”

Throughout his career, Mr. Shapiro has achieved numerous industry honors, including being named to the Grubb & Ellis Presidents Council and Circle of Excellence. He has also won the Mack-Cali “Deal of the Year” award and has been recognized as a CoStar Power Broker.


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